Alec Salt 

Alec Salt is currently the Director of Cochlear Pharmacokinetics at Turner Scientific, a CRO in Jacksonville, Illinois specializing in studies of the inner ear including drug pharmacokinetics. Our goal at Turner is to provide guidance and support to anyone in the field trying to bring an inner ear therapeutic to market.

Previously, Alec Salt was a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Washington University Medical School in St Louis for over 37 years. He was funded continuously by NIH for 29 years for the grant "Inner Ear Fluid Interactions", in addition to numerous other grants and industry contracts. In September 2021 his position was terminated as a result of his refusal to comply with the Wash U Covid vaccine mandate. As a result, the entire Salt lab and the corporate contracts that supported it at Wash U were moved to Turner. In retrospect (now over two years later) moving to Turner Scientific was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Very happy and no regrets.

This link is to Alec Salt's Current List of Publications from NCBI

This link to to Alec Salt's Orcid profile, which includes education, training and background information

But you can't work in research without the help of staff and colleagues. Credit is due to lab members:-

  Jared Hartsock (who also moved to Turner)

  Ruth Gill (who took another position at Wash U)

Mentors in the past include:

Dr. David Aidley, University of East Anglia, UK. Taught me physiology and biophysics, an important foundation for my career.

Dr. Phyllis Stopp, University of Birmingham, UK. Ph.D Supervisor, patient and supportive.

Dr. Teruzo Konishi, NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA. Post Doc that taught me the best techniques for working in the ear.

Dr. Ruediger Thalmann, colleague and collaborator for years. Taught me grantsmanship.

Dr. Stefan Plontke, initially a German medical resident but now Charman of ENT at Halle, Germany. Long time collaborator.

Credit also to my 1970's vintage Apple Computer:


While living in Raleigh, NC in 1978, I bought this Apple II computer. It was one of the first available at the time, costing about $1000 with Integer Basic (no floating point) and 16K of memory.  In those days, programming microcomputers was a "hobby" and I spent a lot of time doing it. Computer programming (completely self-taught) became an integral part of my career. At Wash U, data collection in the lab was always computer controlled using software I developed myself. The FluidSim program required knowledge both of fluid physiology and programming. None of these things would have happened without that original Apple II.